Muhlenberg College

Theater for the Sight-Impaired on LV Discourse

Jan 23, 2018

John Pearce discusses theater for the sight-impaired with guests Jessica Bien, Dept. of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College, and James Van Horn.

They explain many ways the blind and nearly blind can understand and enjoy a theatrical performance in this 21st century emphasis that is growing.

(Original air-date: 1/12/2018)

Director Jim Peck joined hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to talk about Muhlenberg College's current production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George.

Sondheim's longing, luminous musical celebrates creative genius and the exquisite, excruciating process of trying to make art. Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize, it is perhaps the most intimate and personal work of Sondheim's career.  

(Original air-date: 10/30/17) 

Muhlenberg College will present Stephen Sondheim's musical, Sunday in the Park with George, from  Friday, October 27 to Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts. On this edition of Musings, host Kenn Michael talks with director James Peck who is also professor of theatre arts at Muhlenberg.

Sondheim's rarely-produced musical is based on a famous painting by Georges Seurat and centers on two artists who both strive to create masterpieces nearly a century apart.

Host John Pearce talks with Dr. James Bloom, professor of English at Muhlenberg College. Bloom discusses higher education and its critics, today's students, and courses he has taught, such as "Reading the NY Times" and "Jewish Humor."

He has written five books and is working on his sixth, Reading the Male Gaze in Literature and Culture. 

(Original air-date: 2/9/2017)

A fascinating project is ongoing at Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library: digitizing letters from students who were serving in armed forces abroad during WWII.

Host John Pearce welcomes guests Susan Falciani and Dr. Kate Ranieri to discuss what these letters reveal about that era. The students abroad were eager to hear of happenings at the college and in Allentown. Current students of media studies create documentaries based on the many stories from the 1940s.

(Original air-date: 1/26/2017)

The Ups & Downs of Polling on LV Discourse

Jan 30, 2017

John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. Christopher Borick, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, to tell us about the ups and downs of polling.

In the recent Presidential election, how did most polls err in predicting the winner? Dr. Borick is Professor of Political Science and a nationally recognized public opinion researcher.

(Original air-date: 1/12/2017)

"In the Heights" Cast Interview on Musings

Jul 26, 2016

Kenn Michael talks with two members of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre production of "In the Heights", Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical. Actress Wilma Rivera who plays Camila and actor Gabe Martinez who plays Usnavi talk with Kenn about their experiences in their roles.

Muhlenberg College President John Williams on LV Discourse

Jul 26, 2016

Host Sally Handlon talks with Muhlenberg College President, John Williams about his first year at the college and in the Lehigh Valley as well as the business of higher education. Joining with Dr. Williams is Mike Bruckner, VP for External Affairs and Community Relations, who is celebrating his 20th year at Muhlenberg College.

(Original air-date: 7/21/2016)

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical about life in the Latino community of Washington Heights, plays July 13-31 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

Director Jim Peck and actress Wilma Rivera join hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to discuss the production and the excitingly diverse team of artists who've come together at Muhlenberg to create it.

(Original air-date: 7/11/2016)

 

Muhlenberg Theatre’s Artistic Director, Charles Richter, joins WDIY’s Neil Hever in the studio to preview the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre's upcoming 36th season which features performances of the beloved Broadway musical, "Gypsy"; 2008 Tony Award winner, "In the Heights"; and "Growl!", a twisted take on the Goldilocks story.

(Original air-date: 6/20/2016)

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